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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Jan;66(1):130-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.11.040. Epub 2011 May 4.

Ocular hazards of blue-light therapy in dermatology.

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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.


Blue-light phototherapy has become important in the treatment of many dermatologic conditions and as a result continue to be developed. Although blue-light therapy is successful, research shows that excessive ocular blue-light exposure may contribute to age-related macular degeneration and other vision problems. As blue-light therapy becomes increasingly more popular for clinical and at-home use, patients and operators of blue-light devices should be aware of its associated ocular hazards. Protective eyewear should be carefully selected and implemented with each therapy session to guard against the development of retinal disease.

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